North Dakota Nursing Guide – How to Become, Licensure, Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the North Dakota Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 3/17/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in North Dakota
Nursing Licenses in North Dakota Master’s Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

North Dakota Nursing Salaries

North Dakota Nursing Salaries
ND Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Bismark Annual Mean Wage Fargo, ND-MN Annual Mean Wage Grand Forks, ND-MN Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $46,410 $47,500 $45,530 $45,800
Registered Nurse $65,740 $62,500 $67,250 Not Available
Nurse Practitioner $106,200 Not Available $97,960 Not Available
Nurse Anesthetist $197,860 Not Available Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates North Dakota in March 2020.

There are many paths to become a nurse in North Dakota. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in North Dakota, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of North Dakota nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in North Dakota, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

North Dakota is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in North Dakota

North Dakota advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for controlled substances. Coursework in advanced pharmacotherapy, physical assessment, and pathophysiology is required, as well as 30 contact hours of pharmacotherapy education.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in North Dakota

APRNs in North Dakota are defined as nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse practitioner.

Education: Completion of a graduate level advanced practice registered nurse program.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification: Certification by a national nursing certifying body

Fees:

  • $100 Initial Licensure Fee
  • $20 Processing Fee if answers ‘no’ to criminal history check question

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: APRN renewal fees vary dependent on type of active license from $40 to $210. Along with state renewal, APRNs are expected to also renew their national certification. Continuing education requirements must meet or exceed 12 contact hours within the last two years. APRNs with prescriptive authority are required to complete 15 hours of pharmacotherapy education within the last two years, which can be attributed to their 12 contact hours for RN/APRN renewals. In addition, all nursing licensees renewing a North Dakota license must complete at least 400 hours of practice within the last four years.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in North Dakota

Education: Completion of an approved nursing education program.

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $130 Licensure by Examination
  • $160 Licensure by Endorsement

Endorsement: RNs applying for licensure by endorsement must have 400 hours of practice, completed their nursing program, and completed a board approved refresher course within the last four years.

Renewal: RNs must complete at least 400 hours of practice within the last four years as well as 12 contact hours within the last two years. However, applicants who obtained licensure by examination will not need to pursue contact hours during their first renewal period as their academic coursework can be used to meet that requirement.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in North Dakota

Education: Completion of an approved nursing education program.

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $130 Licensure by Examination
  • $160 Licensure by Endorsement

Endorsement: LPNs applying for licensure by endorsement must have 400 hours of practice, completed their nursing program, and completed a board approved refresher course within the last four years.

Renewal: LPNs must complete at least 400 hours of practice within the last four years as well as 12 contact hours within the last two years. However, applicants who obtained licensure by examination will not need to pursue contact hours during their first renewal period as their academic coursework can be used to meet that requirement.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the above nursing careers in North Dakota was retrieved from the North Dakota Board of Nursing as of March 2020.

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  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice

Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

Earn your MSN online from USC’s Top-Ranked School of Social Work.

  • Prepares RNs to pursue board certification as family nurse practitioners
  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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